About the CFC

We connect diverse Canadian voices and stories to screens around the world

The Canadian Film Centre (CFC) is a charitable cultural organization and a place of learning, community and imagination for a growing network of Canadian talent in the screen industry. We work with Canadian filmmakers, actors, writers, composers, singer-songwriters and entrepreneurs to advance their careers in film, television and digital media.

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Our campus and the land we share is an important part of CFC’s history

Land Acknowledgement

We acknowledge that we work and gather in the meeting place of Tkaronto, on the traditional territory of the Anishinaabeg, the Haudenosaunee and the Wendat, and a place that is now home to many diverse First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples.

Land Acknowledgement

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Located in Toronto, the CFC campus is a beautiful, historical property known as Windfields Estate.

Windfields Story

“My life would be in a very different place had it not been for the time I spent at the CFC, where in addition to all the training, education and opportunities I received, I made lifelong friends.”

– Suad Bushnaq, 2018 Slaight Family Music Lab Alumna

People & Partners

Our team and community of partners and supporters make our work possible

Our impact in Canada’s screen industry and beyond is made possible with the support of our team, Board of Directors and partners, who all share our passion for supporting the next generation of Canadian storytellers.

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Meet our team

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Our Programs

At the CFC, imagination fuels creativity and enterprise

We offer a range of intensive programs in film, television and digital/immersive media to develop the skills of today’s Canadian storytellers so their voices, perspectives and lived experiences will be seen and heard on tomorrow’s screens. Residents in our programs hone their skills, build their portfolios and establish connections within the screen community. They leave the CFC on a promising path to the career they’ve been dreaming of.

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CFC Alumni

We spot Canada’s best storytellers

The CFC is a place for imagination, where creativity, knowledge and opportunity thrive. Our growing network of over 1,900 alumni are proof of this. With talent from across Canada, CFC alumni continue to make waves in film, television and digital media through their stories, enterprises and achievements. They are Canada’s best storytellers, and they are shaping the future of the screen industry and of the CFC.

About our Alumni Advisory

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Our History

The CFC was founded in 1988 by internationally acclaimed filmmaker Norman Jewison

Our story begins with Norman’s vision to open a centre for advanced film studies, where storytellers could learn to master the medium of filmmaking and ultimately command a place on screens around the world. His strong dedication to addressing social and political issues through filmmaking continues to guide our work today.

About Norman Jewison

“Film has become the literature of this generation. Canada’s cultural distinction and survival depend on its ability to master the medium and command a place on the screens of the world.”

– Norman Jewison, CFC feature profile written by Jack Batten

Driving Change

The future of storytelling is bold and diverse

Canada’s screen industry is dynamic and ever-evolving. We’re committed to driving positive change and ensuring the voices and stories we support are representative of the diverse talent from coast to coast to coast. With the vision of our Executive Director, maxine bailey, the CFC is committed to increasing access and inclusion – bringing a broader range of creatives into the screen industry.

Developing today’s talent means their voices, perspectives and lived experiences will be seen and heard on tomorrow’s screens. The future of storytelling is where everyone can see themselves in film, television and digital media.

Read our Commitment to Change

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